Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blog Bouncing!

Welcome to Thursday!!

I know that I'm a little late today, but life has been happening! It's been one of those weeks when I look around and realize that I'm drowning!!

I've been writing!! So YAY!! Working on my SWAT boys (if you haven't read my story in Omnific's Summer Lovin' Anthology - Heat Wave, there's still time to get it. And all profits go to Save the Tatas!). I think that Gideon might have some competition with Brody. He's quite yummy. I'll have to look for what I see in my head when I write him...hmmmmmm...oh sorry! Drifted off there!

Kiki at Madame D's Boudoir has a new interview up that she did with me! She's doing a giveaway of an ebook, so head over and check it out!! There are some great questions that made me really think.

And just because I love to look at him

Time to BOUNCE!

Here's how this works:

If you are an author, click on "Get the Code Here" to get the link. Copy and paste that link in your blog post. Then hop right on and add your blog url to get added to the list.

If you are a reader, you get to bounce from blog to blog and meet some great new authors and maybe find some new books to read.

So everyone hop on and go for a bounce!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Happy Thursday!!

I know that I’m supposed to talk to you all about writing, and books. And other than the rare peek into my crazy life, I think that I do a pretty good job staying on task with that?? BUT today I NEEEEEDD to talk about TV.

That’s right, I’m heading into that medium that only serves to distract us from our reading!

I will admit that I am a TV lover. I always have a TV on, using it for the background noise that most people use music for. In reality, however, there are only a few shows that I actually watch religiously. One of those shows started its fourth season on Tuesday night and I’ve watched it three times already.

If you haven’t seen Sons of Anarchy, you need to! It is an amazing piece of television.

The show is about a motorcycle club (read gang) in a small town in northern California called Charming and how they live, work and play. The best part of the show is that it is so hard NOT to like these people even with all the evil that they do.

The main character is Jax Teller, son of one of the founders of the club (bonus here – he’s played by the super yummy Charlie Hunnam) who wants to do good and make what they do legitimate, but doesn’t know how. The one person who can help him or hurt him the most is his high school girlfriend who he’s always loved, Tara. Tara left after high school, knowing the only way to get out of the lifestyle of the club was to get out of Charming. But when she comes back as a doctor, she and Jax pick up where they left off as teenagers.

.Jax’s life is further complicated by his overbearing, bad ass mother, Gemma (played by the amazing Katey Sagal) who has never known another life. She’s married to the club president, Clay who was Jax’s dad’s best friend before he died in a car accident. Between the two of them, they want to save the club, and keep Jax buried deep in the politics of the club.

Add to all of this, guns, gangs, White Supremists, a dirty ATF agent, the I can't even describe all of the sub plots!

I could NEVER do justice to the writing and plotting of this show. It is the one show that I have to see every week when it is on. I am crying, laughing, holding my breath, sighing (over naked Jax tush!) all in one episode. Be warned that it is a VERY grown up show, and they pull no punches on language, violence, sex and nudity, but I think that’s what makes it so good.

Seasons One through Three are available on Netflix, and season Four just started, so you have time to catch up if you haven’t seen them. Check FX’s listing for when it is on (I’m on Mountain Time, so I never know when ANYTHING is on!!).

And now onto the Author! Author! Blog Bounce!

Here's how this works:

If you are an author, click on "Get the Code Here" to get the link. Copy and paste that link in your blog post. Then hop right on and add your blog url to get added to the list.

If you are a reader, you get to bounce from blog to blog and meet some great new authors and maybe find some new books to read.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Help - Adaptation Love?

The book for my book club this past month was The Help by Kathryn Stockett and I was so excited to read it. Not only had I heard great things about the book, but the movie was coming out and I love when I can see a book come to life on the big screen.

First, I absolutely loved the book! I thought that Stockett did a beautiful job of bringing all of the characters to life. I laughed at Minnie, and cried for Aibileen. I wanted to scream and yell at Hilly, and to shake Elizabeth.

I was a little wary at first that Stockett changed the point of view from Aibileen to Minnie, to Skeeter, but once I got into the book, I found that it didn’t bother me. In fact, I think that the book worked well that way, and I loved being able to be in all the character’s heads.

So, going into the movie, I was very excited. The last adaptation that I had seen was Water for Elephants, and I absolutely loved it (see previous post!) and thought that they did such a great job keeping the movie in line with the book. I had heard good things about this one too.

It was on that girls’ weekend (with a few of my book club girls) that we decided to go see The Help. We got our snacks, made bathroom stops (because we definitely didn’t want to miss a minute), and staked out our seats at the top of the theater. The one thing I forgot was tissue!

I will say that I loved the movie. But not because it did such a great job adapting the book. I loved the movie just as a movie itself. If I hadn’t read the book, I would have come out of the movie still feeling the same way. The acting was spectacular, the story was still compelling and I cried and cried.

Some of the differences that bothered me a little were mainly with a minor character in the book but one that was so much more important in the movie. Elizabeth Leefolt. In the movie Aibileen makes a comment about her having “the depression” after Mae Mobley was born – I didn’t remember that being the case in the book? Now I can appreciate Post-partum depression, but I think this change, for me, made Elizabeth a different character. I think the screenwriters were trying to maybe make her more likable? I don’t know, but for some reason that little detail bothered me.

I honestly didn’t think that I cold dislike someone in the movie more than I disliked Hilly in the book, but I disliked Elizabeth more than Hilly. Hilly made no qualms about what she thought of the colored people in her life. She thought that they were second class citizens and she was willing to take out an “ad” about it in the Junior League Newsletter. But Elizabeth was just weak. She never thought for herself. It made me angry through the whole movie!

I did love Minnie in the movie and she was exactly what I pictured. I loved the interaction and the friendship between her and Aibileen.

I think that it’s a rare occasion that an adaptation is a good movie, but different enough from what I loved from a book, yet I still love them both.

So if you haven’t already. Read The Help, and go see the movie. OH! And don’t forget the tissues, you’ll need them!

One last thing…Omnific is having a sale! Two of our “school” titles are on sale and you can get the ebooks for just 99₵ each! Go pick up Nicki Elson’s Three Daves AND (they’re only 99₵!!) Jess Bowen’s Breaking Point and start the school year right!

AND...guess what!! There's a new blog hop in town!! And I'm all over it!!

What's the Author! Author! Blog Bounce?? Well, it's a fun way for readers to find new authors and for authors to connect with their readers!

Authors, all you have to do is grab the icon, grab the link, make a blog post (don't forget to include the link!), and enter your blog on our list. Easy peasy! have the easy job. Just follow the bounce and visit the authors. Leave a comment and let them know that you were there.